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VOYAIn the new True Colors series, intense teen emotions are examined through the Christian perspective. Dark Blue looks at depression and loneliness through the story of Kara and Jordan, who have been best friends since kindergarten. When Jordan makes the cheerleading team in their sophomore year, Jordan finds Kara to be a liability to her growing popularity. Kara struggles with her isolation as she tries to find ways to fill her free time now that she has been unceremoniously dumped by Jordan and to get a better idea of who she is and what she wants. Kara also wrestles with her relationship with her absent father, an artist. As Kara befriends a group of "losers" in her art class, she meets Edgar, a devout Christian. By the novel's end, Kara has found a new best friend in God, and Jordan finds her popularity waning when she steals the boyfriend of her fellow cheerleader, Shawna. This series will appeal to Christian teen readers who are looking for books that address realistic teen situations and emotions through an inspirational lens. Unfortunately the series, especially true with Dark Blue, reverts to preachy, unrealistic dialogue between its teen characters to get its message across. Interestingly, different characters are portrayed as being at several levels of faith and engage in various means of expressing it. Teen readers will also appreciate the frank discussion of emotions as well as other topics such as sex and lying. The books are recommended for school and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 2Q 4P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12).2004, THINK Books/Nav Press, 205p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.